Gazprom deputy CEO Valeriy Golubev believes that the negative foreign trade balance of the Ukrainian economics is a certain threat for Russia, as Ukraine may fail to pay for the consumed natural gas in full and on time.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this in Kyiv at a press conference on Wednesday.

According to V.Golubev, due to the economic recession, Ukraine buys by 40% less gas than in the previous years. According to him, the Ukraine’s demand in 2009 made up 33 billion cubic meters of gas.

“Considering the reduction of such a significant volume of gas – less by 22 billion cubic meters than usual, we have to correct the gas balance, exploration plans, as well as transportation plans”, the Gazprom deputy CEO said.